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Location: Ramapo, NY
Job Type: Direct Hire
Salary: $90,000.00 - $500,000.00
Degree: Master of Science;
Date: 6/12/2018
Job ID: 02576151
Job Description
Senior Analytical Chemist
Location: Rockland County, NY   (Near Ramapo, Nanuet, & Tappan NY and Park Ridge NJ)

Unable to publish the full confidential salary range but we can talk about it! ( filled in the low salary box but not the high level)

An opportunity for a Lead Analytical Chemist to support of a “green” process development effort.   This is a critically important position sincereliable data’ is a key to success as they work to develop a novel process for the manufacture of plastics.  The position will include a significant amount of self-directed work and mentoring of junior employees. I’ve been placing talent with this client since 2012 and have noticed very quick progress through various process development steps and yet, you’ll still be getting in near the ground floor in this well-funded startup company. 

The work:   

The Senior Analytical Chemist will lead analytical testing in support of process development.  You’ll be the go-to ‘analytical instrumentation and methods expert’ in a highly collaborative company.   Our client is developing a novel “green” process (biomass-to-chemical) including steps from pre-treatment of the biomass feed-stock (for contaminant reduction) to downstream petrochemical processing.  Your work will involve all-things-analytical:  method development, data logging, analysis and quality control, statistical process methods, procedure writing, selected ASTM and EPA testing, and mentoring/ teaching junior scientists, engineers, and technicians.  You’ll also take responsibility for on-line process sampling systems for efficient pilot plant data recording and processing.    Instruments include:  GC, GC-MS, IC (ion-exchange chromatography), and ICP- Atomic Emissions Spectroscopy. 
As time permits, you will also lead hydrocarbon product development studies.  This requires an ability to plan and manage test programs involving company resources, 3rd-party laboratory, and external certification bodies such as ASTM and other industry consortium groups.

The company
  • Working to develop a novel process that converts sustainable biomass materials into renewable chemicals, they have brought in a very well-respected and technically accomplished team.
  • They are a professionally run organization with well-planned goals and objectives, stated company values like “honesty and integrity”, and have world renowned business partners who provide the catalyst, additional R&D support, and process design assistance for commercial plant construction.
  • They are funded in part by large well-known companies who are interested in the final product.  For example, an investor might be interested in a “green” source of plastic for making beverage bottles or car parts.  Renewed funding is attainable via a ‘stage-gate like’ progress analysis and they have recently completed critical process scale-up milestones and been granted more funding!
  • Location/ Cost of Living (COL):  HQ in suburban Rockland County NY with many different types of areas to live in and COL index as low as 120 and a low crime rate. There are several “Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence” in Rockland Country, too.  - OR -  Easy commute from Orange Country NY which is more rural with a lower COL (103).    - OR -  For fun, live in NYC, but COL is 180.  (By definition the Nat’l Average COL is 100.  Ref. bestplaces.net for  statistics).
Features and Benefits:
  • Expect a competitive salary plus stock options along with a nice benefits package including paid vacation & holidays, group medical & dental benefits (intended to attract top talent from larger corporations) plus annual employee reviews with raises retroactive to the 1st of the year.
  • As a small-company, there is no corporate ‘red tape’ and the work culture is hands-on, business like but casual!Plus, as a ground-floor opportunity all employees have a vested interest in the success.
  • You’ll make a big impact on the success of the company and it will be rewarding to see the quick progress.
Candidate qualification: :   

Expert level skills working with analytic instrumentation and a history working as part of a Process Development team within the petrochemical industry.
  • M.S. or PhD in Chemistry
  • 10+ years of experience as an Analytical Chemist supporting R&D Process Development 
  • Petrochemical or fuels refining process knowledge as it related to analytical testing and sampling.
  • Expert level skills troubleshooting analytical instrumentation used in petrochemical processing: GC, GC-MS, IC (ion-exchange chromatography), and ICP- Atomic Emissions Spectroscopy.
  • A history working with automated on-line GC sampling systems
  • The position requires significant problem solving skills, excellent communication skills, initiative, and a strong pro-active approach. 
  • Must be authorized to work for any employer in the USA without restrictions.



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